What an eventful term it’s been! The term has flown by so quickly and was filled to the brim with so many amazing events and activities. Each child brought something unique to the classroom to talk about during our South Africa Theme. It has been wonderful to see them grow as individuals and expand their friendship zone. The girls have been extremely busy, but happy and content, which is just wonderful to see.
Nelson Mandela International Day commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world. Honouring the legacy of Mandela Day, our Flamingo and Penguin girls did chores and saved up to R70 each. They then went shopping with their teachers and had some special bonding time with their Grade 7 Buddies. They bought toiletries at PicknPay and donated them to San Salvador Home. We have been so blessed with an amazing group of generous parents and children. What an exciting day it was for us all to make the world a better place by giving back to the community in the spirit of “Ubuntu”.
On Tuesday 6 August, we had our annual Women and Significant Person’s Picnic Day. The children sang a variety of songs to let their significant others and the special women in their lives know how much they are loved and appreciated. It was wonderful to see that they are learning to ‘read’ musical notes and by using their body, they can create different sounds, depending on which part of their body they use! Thanks to Kate Borthwick and Alison Gericke!
Once the concert was over, all the guests were taken to the field for Mrs Howden’s gym display. Mrs Howden is so passionate about physical exercise so it was a treat to watch. We know that children who are strong physically are often strong mentally as well, and the challenges of physical activities help children overcome obstacles that may come their way later. It can’t get better than that!
We ended this marvellous day with everyone enjoying a lovely picnic on the playground, under the oak trees in the warm winter sun. Thank you to all the amazing guests for coming through and supporting us. I hope you all felt the love
‘Where there is a woman, there is magic.’ – Ntozake Shange
Happy Women’s Month and enjoy your wonderful holiday.
Ms Liziwe Seabi
Junior Class Music Concert (Clarineo)
I enjoyed learning about clarineo and playing in the concert. I liked learning ‘Mary Had A Little Lamb’, and singing ‘I Don’t Know My Name’. I think learning clarineo was really fun, and I would like to play it as a musical instrument.
Soairse Behan – Grade 3
Junior Class Music Concert (Violin)
We practised ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ a lot. I had so much fun, it felt like a disco. At the end I saw my parents, and my dad gave me a biscuit. On stage we all played together, and I think we all had fun. The audience was smiling and I could not help smiling too.
Olivia Holmes – Grade 2
Junior Class Music Concert (Recorder)
It took us a long time to practise our recorders. We all played together for the parents. It was fun.
Grace Burman – Grade
The Grade 4 and 5 Music Concert
Wow, finally the music concert is here! Let’s get rid of these nerves and get to the fun part. I’m so excited as it’s my first time singing in front of the school. I feel ready. I practised for months and months. All those early Friday mornings for singing practice and the late Friday afternoons for drum lessons were worth it.
We sang well and I was proud of myself and the other singers. My piano teacher was happy with how I played. The drums were such fun as it was my first time playing with others. Overall the music concert was AWESOME!
Senior Music Concert
Voice, Drums, Flute, Saxophone, Guitar and the list goes on. The music concert is one of my favourite times of the year, the excitement radiates on the girls’ faces and they can’t wait to show off what they can do. I play drums and I do voice. Preparing for the concert was so much fun, I practised as hard as I could and when it came to performing, I couldn’t wait to play and sing. It was such an amazing experience, I can’t wait for next term!
Francesca Genovese – Music Captain, Grade 7
1001 Arabian Nights
Drums and percussion bring mojo to music. They subconsciously get the feet tapping and the body moving. Being able to be the force behind that throughout the play was amazing. I looked forward to playing everyday. The songs were so much fun to play, they were upbeat and had everyone dancing along.
Play Rock Band – Madhuri Padayatchi, Grade 7
I felt adrenalin rushing through my body as I opened my mouth to sing my solo with Neve. Slowly my nerves settled down and I started to enjoy myself, until we rushed off stage bursting with laughter. Soon after I found myself in the music pit playing the bass guitar next to Miss Gericke. So much hard work was put into the music for the play and it all paid off. It was such a joy getting to work with Miss Gericke and her team. I learned so much from this experience and I will always treasure it.
Ena Opperman – Rock Band Captain, Grade 7
Ahh the polar bear swim, that one fundraiser we all dread! It was a freezing cold winter;s day with a chilly surprise in store. The Polar Bear Swim is one of the Grade 6 fundraisers for the Grade 7 Leavers’ Party. So we donate money towards the event and in return, we get a dip in the pool and a cup of hot chocolate. The Grade 7 girls definitely enjoyed their freezing swim.
Francesca Genovese and Cecilia Petersen
Lights, Camera, Action!
It was the start of the APPS Senior Play. I’m so interested to see how it’s going to start. Well, we can’t watch it. We have to wait in the classroom until it’s our scene. While we were waiting for our part I was going crazy. My ears were about to pop. It was our first scene! Our first scene was ‘Up, Up and Away.’ The girls in the aisle were holding the colourful balloons. The girls on the stage were holding the fluffy clouds with lights in them. We all wore the most amazing silk jumpsuits. The second scene was ‘The Story Song.’ That was my absolute favourite scene. We were separated into groups of Snake Charmers, Maps, Belly Dancers, Carpet Sellers and much more. I was one of the extraordinary, beautiful and astonishing carpet sellers. Overall, the play was phenomenal, magical and full of adventures. Most of all, the Grade 7s were the spark of the play and lit it up. I can’t wait for next year’s play.
The Spectacular School Play
The afternoon came for the matinee. I was so excited to get on stage and be amazing. Except for the fact that the wait felt so long before our first scene. Finally, Miss Pearson came to call us and I jumped up, grabbed my cloud and ran backstage into the wings. I heard the music playing in the darkness and suddenly lights, so the singing began. I felt like a bright shining star in complete blackness and before I knew it, it was all over and I was walking offstage. It was all a mad rush to get changed for our next scene but we were able to get it done in time. When our next scene came, I was so excited because I was a map who had to let go of my prop and let it roll down me like a map usually rolls out to reveal the world. Sadly like our other scene, it was over in a flash and it was time to go home.
Welcome to the most exciting extravaganza – Arabian Nights. It is a thrilling adventure of a determined story teller named Shaherazade who tells the most enchanted stories. This play is there for the excitement and the tales that Shaherazade tells which will change your point of view forever. I would give this play a five out of five for the amazing acting, delightful dances, super singing and much more. So enjoy the Grade 4 to 7 play of ‘Arabian Nights.’
The APPS senior play for 2019 is called ‘Arabian Nights.’ I was in two scenes – ‘Up, Up and Away’ and ‘Story Song.’ ‘Up, Up and Away’ is a song of sunsets and the costumes for ‘Up, Up and Away’ were the gold fading into brown, but there were also blue ones fading into purple. Some of us held lit up balloons or lit up clouds on the stage for the scene ‘Up, Up and Away.’ For the matinee and all the other shows we had make-up on with our costumes and first went on stage with our props of balloons and clouds. Then we changed into our Phoenix costumes for the ‘Story Song.’ There were many props like camels, boats, spice holders and some of us were villains, snake charmers, spice sellers, carpet sellers and phoenixes. I think this is one of my favourite plays ever!
Three months of rehearsals, all going into four performances. All the lines, cues and songs, but after all it was worth it. All the grades were amazing. The Grade 5s sang the best in my view, but I might be a little biased because I am in Grade 5. My favourite song was ‘Prince Ali’ because of how fabulous we looked with all the actions and beautiful outfits. All the Grade 7s really got into their rolls and played them very well. I loved the story about the man who was trying to divorce his shoes because it was really cool how he was trying to get rid of them, but the shoes just kept finding their way back to him. The play was exciting and it was a lot of fun. I can’t wait for next year’s play. Throughout the last few years I think this is the best play.
Arabian nights, like Arabian days. From 31 July to 3 August it was the amazing Senior Play and we did Arabian nights. All the preparing from the beginning of the second term was put to the test. The Grade 7s had the lead roles, the Grade 6 girls had three songs and so did the Grade 5s, while the Grade 4s had two. I personally think that the Grade 5s had the best songs, singing, attitude and facial expression, but I might be wrong, I could just be thinking that because I’m in Grade 5. The performances were from Wednesday to Saturday. Overall, we all had so much fun being in the play, waiting in the classrooms and playing games with our friends. I honestly can’t wait for next year and being in Grade 7 the year after that. Getting to have as much fun and laughter, working hard to reach the potential we all know we have. What will the next play be?
After a few long months of intense work, the play week was finally here. It had been a hard week, but I think we all really enjoyed it. If you go backstage and see what is going on, you won’t believe that we are that prepared on stage. We have Grade 7s trying their hardest to keep us quiet. One part that Grade 5s won’t forget was on our final performance of Arabian nights. Dani wanted to take a video. As the curtains started to open, she realised that she would be on stage. If she didn’t get off soon, she would be a part of the Arabian Nights song! Luckily she go off on time.
One of my personal favourites of the play is Abu Kassim and his shoes.
It was an APPS play to never forget!
In Grade 4, we idolised the Grade 7 girls on the stage, and thought that our moment in the limelight was almost unreachable. Then, suddenly, our stomachs churn with anticipation as the first notes of our opening song reach our ears, and we take the first step out onto a wide open stage. Not for the first time, we wonder how we got here.
Every night the atmosphere changes as the last performance draws near. We were jittery before every show, but we did the best we could on the stage, and simultaneously learnt new things about each other and found a new love for our fellow APPS pupils.
Emotions run high as we comprehend that we are already more than halfway through our Grade 7 year. We finally internalise our dear friend, Gao’s words when she said that we need the strength of friendship to bind us together, even at different high schools.
It was an unforgettable experience, much like all our time at APPS.
Lola Moultrie and Maryam Akhalwaya
The hockey season has drawn to a close and in brief, hockey has been an immense success this year. All teams, from Grade 3 to 7, performed above expectations and there were some good results. Our success can be attributed not only to the girls’ utter determination, spirit and love for the game, but to all the coaches who indeed moulded and improved the girls’ skills. Thank you, for your hours of dedication.
Another big thank you must go to the mums who helped with teas for all our home matches. The staff and girls really appreciate all the time everyone has put into making the hockey afternoons at the UJ Astro run so smoothly. Last, but not least, the parents’ support and all their help with lifting – thank you very much.
The Combined Team had a very successful festival at St Stithians.
The Grade 4 and 5 Hockey festivals which took place on Saturday 27 July at Brescia and St Andrew’s was very successful for our APPS teams. Both teams had many short matches against various schools.
The girls played very well and thoroughly enjoyed the morning. Thank you, to the parents for their support and congratulations to the girls who conducted themselves very well on and off the field. Well done to all who played.
The Grade 3 players played their games at a festival at the Roedean Astro on Wednesday 24 July. All players were extremely excited and played with great enthusiasm even though it was very cold.
The Grade 2 girls played their first match of hockey on Wednesday 31 July against St Teresa’s. The results were very good for the start of their hockey careers at APPS. Well done, to all who played.
The Grade 7 hockey team went to Pretoria for the annual hockey festival. Every year the players look forward to the trip with great excitement. The hockey is of a high standard and the experience very beneficial to the girls. The games are very competitive and loads of fun. The team plays well together and has reached a high standard of play, improving tremendously.
The interhouse hockey was very exciting. The matches were very close and all girls played with enthusiasm and good sportsmanship. St Andrew won the competition, followed by St Patrick and St George, respectively. Well done, to everyone.
Ms Mo Pearson
Our Netball season ended with our Interhouse matches from Grade 3 to 7.
Overall, 95 goals were scored! The Grade 5 girls scored the most goals (24), followed closely by the Grade 6 girls with 23 goals. The best goal difference was achieved by the Grade 5 St Andrew’s girls with a positive 11, followed by the Grade 7 St Andrew’s girls with a positive 9 and the Grade 3 girls came next with a positive 8.
St George won at the Grade 3 level, St Patrick won at the Grade 4 level, St Andrew at the Grade 5 level, St Patrick at the Grade 6 level and St Andrew at the Grade 7 level. Adding up all the scores (2 points for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss), St Andrew just beat St Patrick by one point for first place. The point totals are as follows: St Andrew – 14 points, St Patrick – 13 points and St George – 9 points.
Well played, to all the girls and a big thank you to all the coaches.
Ms Dot Hartmann
This term has been competitive. We may not be the most successful team in terms of victories, but our sense of resilience and positivity has brought us closer together as a group. We’ve all worked extremely hard in the last few months and have grown not only as players, but as people. We would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere gratitude to Mrs Pengelly and Ms Seebregts for being amazing coaches, to George, Morris, Collin and Noma for helping to set up the hall and language centre on match days, to Ms Taylor for organising the pizza suppers, and finally to our incredible team for challenging other schools.
Lola Moultrie and Maryam Akhalwaya
Our group was first getting into groups and then getting our Grade 7s. I got Cecelia. My group decided that we each bring something. I brought chicken nuggets. Ilsa brought most of the stuff like the picnic blanket and other things.
The things I had to bring were chicken nuggets and my emoji pillow. I didn’t bring much. On the day, my emoji had a little rip.
Our group decided our theme was going to be ‘Relaxing’. On Monday was the picnic and I was so excited! We set up everything and down came our Grade 7s. My group was Ilsa, Aisha, Iman and me. Ilsa got Rachel, Aisha got Mrs Smith, Iman got Ana and I got CECELIA! My group was doing moustaches with whipped cream.
Next time we should not be so messy, also we shouldn’t have sprinkled flower petals because we spent a lot of time picking up.
Our group’s planning was a bit boring because everyone just wanted to do their idea. They didn’t want to do mine. Our theme was ‘Sports’.
The things I had to bring were a blanket, serviettes, cozzie, a hockey stick and ball.
Setting up our theme was very funny because Nicky’s stuff kept falling down. Then my Energade squirted in my eye.
Our guests and us were having a very awkward picnic because everyone was just looking at each other. Next time we should talk to each other and not just stare.
Our group was Nala, Maddie, Sophie and I. Our Grade 7s/teachers were Mrs Springer, Ms Harley, Zainab and my Grade 7 was Analia! Our group had a bit of bickering but in the end we decided to have sports as our theme. The Grade 3s had to do everything because we were the hosts.
The things I had to bring were a netball, goggles, a hockey stick, serviettes and plates.
It was quite a rush because we did not have a lot of time. We put the hockey sticks on the sides of the picnic blanket. We put the netball and the goggles in the middle of the picnic blanket. I put the plates opposite each other. I wrote sports sayings on the plates. I brought a platter to put all my food on.
Our guests and us told some stories about ourselves. We did not just talk to our own Grade 7/teacher which was nice. Ms Harley wanted to see if I could finish a huge muffin, I did! I wouldn’t change a thing. I think it was perfect.
The Planning Process
On Tuesday 9 July we all got together in groups and decided that our theme was ‘Under the Sea.’ We all wanted to bring our own lunches for our Grade 7 partner or teacher. In my group, I had Gemma D, Kristen and Amaanah, and my guest was Mrs Macleod.
At the picnic with our guests we were chatting about things like ‘what is your favourite animal, or colour.’ I asked my teacher what the Grade 0s do in class. And the other Grade 3s and guests I think said pretty much the same.
We were discussing what to bring for our own lunches but then we wanted to all share food, but finally we decided to all have our own lunches. So what I brought was sausage rolls, biltong, carrots and sparkling water.
What I Would Add Or Change?
Next time, I would probably not change anything. I think it was perfect.
The Planning Process
I was really scared when I got my Grade 7 partner because I did not know her. We had it on the big field. In my group I had Addi, Ali, Hala and me. Our guests were Mrs Barker, Peer, Rati and my Grade 7 partner was Lola. I decided to bring the paper plates and cup. Then they asked who will bring the samoosa’s so I offered to bring them. And I offered to bring water and crisps.
Mrs Barker asked how is grade seven and grade three. Then I asked how is your life in Grade 7. They said that it is a hard question and I asked my Grade 7 which month is your birthday in and she said April. And I was surprised because everybody I know is born in April.
Ali brought a rug, decorations, serviettes and sandwiches. Addi brought fruit salad and spoons. Hala brought pies and a rug. Ali also brought a camping chair.
What I Would Add Or Change?
I think we could have brought some more decorations. But everything else was SUPER!
The Planning Process
It went well with my group. In my group was Isla, Iman and Rebecca. The planning went well but we forgot bowls and chips.
We decided what we were going to do as a group and who brings what. We talked about our theme and decided it would be relaxing. We discussed how we were going to set up. We put two blankets on the grass and sprinkled rose petals on top.
I was going to bring Salmon on toast, pasta, pancakes and chocolate. Just for me and my teacher but I ended up just bringing pancakes and chocolate for my group.
What I Would Add Or Change?
I want to add a gazebo so that the sun would not be in my eyes. I would change having a teacher but I still really liked having Mrs Smith.
The Planning Process
When we started I hoped I was with a Grade 7 girl because I knew most of them. The day came when Ms Khosa was going to choose our groups. I got Izzie, Rebecca, Sara and Anna in my group. We didn’t plan much. We asked Sara to bring Halaal food and vegan free food. Anna brought drinks, Rebecca brought blankets and apples and I brought blankets and snacks. We made our food look like a face. We also had a chair for Miss De Wet.
First the teachers were talking to each other about the food. Ameera was also there but she was so quiet. I guess it’s because she was the only Grade 7 there. After I was done eating all of us started to ask our guests some questions then the bell rang so the picnic was over.
First Rebecca said that we must discuss what we can and what we can’t bring, so we spoke about what was on our reply slip. We couldn’t bring red meat or gluten. We brought fruit, chips, water and cookies and cups for the water.
What I Would Add Or Change?
I think we were great and there was really nothing to change.
We were bubbling with excitement as we walked down the ramp, smiling with joy as we saw the brightly set picnics. There was a murmur of excitement as we all went to find our Grade 3 partners. There was a wide variety of themes, from sports to chillaxing. By the end of our wonderful picnics, our stomachs were filled with joy. We were all grinning from ear to ear. This is a memory that will stay with us forever.
Analia Ntombela and Ena Opperman
The Grade 2 assembly happened in the hall and we were in civvies. I wore starry leggings, a dress and a long top. My best part was Todos Hountos. I felt scared. I do not know how my mom and dad felt. I loved saying my bits and it was the best assembly. I thought the choice of song was very interesting. In the end I had another line and did fine. Overall I thought it was AMAZING.
On Wednesday 10 July the Grade 2 girls had a special assembly. My favourite bit was when we sang the song. My mom and dad thought it was awesome. The play was about hands and how we use them. I felt nervous in the beginning but at the end I was happy. The play was in the hall. I wore two pretty skirts, a pretty top and pretty pants. I WAS SO EXCITED.
I was nervous but it was so so much fun! I wore a cream colour dress and a flower in my hair. My line was ‘we use our hands to show love and kindness by hugging our mom or dad.’ I had so much fun singing and dancing it felt like a disco party. I stood next to Kels, we sang a song called Toros Juntos it is Spanish for ‘all together’. We sang and sang. I felt so happy and most importantly the audience was smiling and I could not help smiling too. At the end I felt very very proud of myself.
In the morning I was so nervous, even Ntokozo had stage fright. But Selah was so excited and I don’t know if Mrs Barker was happy or not. My heart was beating faster than normal. It’s time to go to assembly. I wore butterfly pants and double sided zipped boots and don’t forget the sweater. I said my lines perfectly, well I think so. I sang and danced and my Mummy was so happy. I just wished my Daddy was there. That’s what happened at my Grade 2 assembly.
Our Kindness Assembly
I was worried and I was scared for the Assembly. But, it was better than Broadway! I am in Grade 1M and I liked my line, ‘I must be kind to bullies.’
In the morning I was a bit nervous, but I stayed strong. At the end I loved it so much. My dad came to watch. I learnt that when I make a mistake it’s fine. I learnt that if someone hurts you, you don’t shout. You speak nicely to them. Most importantly, I had fun!
Our Grade 1 assembly was on kindness. I felt happy that morning! I enjoyed singing a song. We learnt that kindness is good. The best part is that we got to wear civvies!
Our Grade 1 assembly was on kindness. And I enjoyed being confident. I felt nervous but I did it! The best part was my friends being there for me. Thank you for listening to my assembly.
Our Grade 1 assembly was on kindness. I enjoyed our Grade 1 assembly. I enjoyed wearing civvies. We learnt to not be bullies. I felt scared to say my line. The best part was singing.
Our Grade 1 assembly was on kindness. I enjoyed singing with Miss Borthwick. We learnt a poem it was fun learning the poem. I felt a little bit shy, but I did it! The best part was dancing and clapping.
APPS recently enjoyed another successful evening celebration of isiZulu Fireside Tales. The annual event included songs, poems and dancing, as well as marimba and djembe items. Families and friends were further treated to gumboot dancing by boys from Salvazione Christian School, and kept enthralled by the traditional tales told by Mama Ndaba, our senior isiZulu teacher.
It was an honour to have one of our mums, Kgomotso le Roux, a professional musician, perform songs, entertaining the crowd to much applause. The evening ended with a fabulous performance by the Furamera family who regaled all with Nigerian songs.
Traditional healthy cuisine formed part of the celebration, and our unique Spaza Shop was the ‘cherry on top’ of a fun-filled event.
Mama Ndaba and Mrs Marcelle M’Crystal